Notes: Whenever a new product is introduced, there's bound to be some problems. And man oh man, does the 2006 Commander have some problems.

It's the plight of the 1st-generation adopter: you get the newest and shiniest in exchange for a handful of issues that get ironed out in future versions. But what happens when that handful of issues becomes a bucketload? The 2006 Commander has quality control issues like the door handles breaking off and the sunroof leaking. But what's truly worrisome is the electrical problems like the vehicle shutting down unexpectedly, gauges going crazy or the cruise control having a mind of its own.

Bottom line: if you want a Jeep Commander, you're better off looking at a later model year.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,628 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Jeep Commander windows / windshield problems

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2006 Jeep Commander Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152015


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Commander. During inclement weather, water leaked through the driver and passenger side windows. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the tubes on the front windows needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 012008


  • 30,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander is very prone to develop windshield cracks. Without obvious impacts, it has developed cracking that has required the windshield to be replaced three times in the past 18 months.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 012006

Commander 4WD

  • miles
My 2006 Commander with 40,000 miles has had the following problems since it came off the lot. The vehicle stalls and I obviously lose power and steering but there are no error messages in the computer, the 4WD does not engage - the warning light for that comes on but there's no error message in the computer. The window's roll up and down incorrectly - the gasket on the exhaust manifold has been replaced and the kicker of all problems is when the vehicle goes through a minor puddle of water or the automatic car wash the steering wheel locks completely until the water is gone - try driving that in the rain - Jeep was finally able to duplicate that problem by putting a garden hose under the car and squirting water on the underside of the vehicle - this problem apparently cannot be fixed and they can't believe that no other Jeep owner's aren't throwing fits. So much for the lemon law - the steering problem wasn't taken seriously by the previous Jeep dealers -I went to a different dealer altogether however, it's too late.

- Canonsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 102008


  • 15,771 miles


Jan. 1., 07--replace windshield; at 20,853 mi. Rotors warped, needed to be resurfaced; 25,000 air only works on high and low--resistor motor ordered; 30,500, front and rear rotors warped, resurfaced; 32,000 car won't start--nothing found; 36,063, car started, then shut off and would not restart; security control module replaced; 39049, car would not start--towed to dealer replaced immobolizer control module; resistor blower motor finally replaced; resurfaced both front and rear rotors again; 48,010 car won't start; starter replaced starter; resistor blower motor again faulty, replaced motor, resistor and wiring; 50,831won't start again, towed to dealer, battery dead due to unfounded short, cause unknown, installed new battery; 58,0573 won't start, no crank, battery dead would not charge--suspected radio was the culprit replaced battery and radio; 61,5932 towed to dealer will not start battery voltage low checked all charging systems, replaced battery again; 61,700 car would not start--towed to dealer where it remains. I have a car that I owe 18K on that I cannot trade in because of this history it is only worth 8K. Throughout ownership I have had intermittent stalling, constant hesitation in acceleration. Additionally, the rear seat belt has let go and caused my son to hit his face on the back seat. Problems with seat belt latch sliding so that belt will not hook. Cannot see when backing up when my 5 kids are in the car. Tire pressure light comes on often, as does the air bag light. Exterior headlights are tilted so that they look like highbeams. This car is a danger.

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 232007


  • 35,000 miles
I own a 2006 Jeep Commander. I have had numerous windshield cracks and ended up having to replace the glass after owning the vehicle for just 6 months.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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problem #1

Sep 092007

Commander 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
My 2006 Jeep Commander continually stalls, threatening the lives of whoever is in the car. There is no warning. Suddenly there will be a complete loss of control over the vehicle. No warning lights, no bells, sounds, whistles...nothing! the only way to remedy is to turn vehicle off and restart. This turns in to a life threatening incident when the traffic behind you is unaware that you are in fact stalled. The dealership has no updates or complaints of this problem (ya, right) and drives it around the block...with no incidences occurring. If they think it's going to happen while they're driving the vehicle, they're wrong. I 'm risking my families lives every time we get in the car. It's the most expensive piece of junk I've ever owned! visibility out the rear window when the 3rd row seats are up is just about zero. This is extremely dangerous. You can't see cars, kids, or your neighbors house when you're trying to see what's behind you. Driver's side locks on it's own. Luckily the passenger doors remain unlocked, so I haven't locked myself out...yet.

- St. George, UT, USA

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